The Toronto Raptors dominated the Brooklyn Nets 4 games to 0 in their opening round playoff matchup. The Boston Celtics swept the Philadelphia 76ers and were never tested in any game. Both of these teams are coming into this matchup with a ton of confidence and play makers on both sides of the ball.
Toronto’s Nick Nurse won the NBA’s coach of the year. His team plays disciplined, unselfish and passes up a good shot for a great shot. When the Raptors play Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, and Kyle Lowry together, they are the best group of 5 in the NBA. The only player not averaging over 17 points per game in the post-season is Lowry. Toronto was ranked No.2 in difference during the regular season and they are ranked No.1 in the bubble.
The Celtics are led by a trio of three legitimate scorers. Against the 76ers Jayson Tatum averaged 27 points and 9.8 rebounds. Kemba Walker averaged 24.3 points and Jalen Brown scored 21.5 points per contest. Boston can be a “lock-down” defensive team for a quarter or a half. The questions will be can they limit the Raptors offense. Toronto scored 150 points in their close-out game against the Nets.
Losing small forward, Gordon Hayward to an injury, will hurt the Celtics. He was averaging 17 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists during the regular season. But, Boston still has enough. Lowry’s injury could be worse than the team is letting on.
Take the Celtics in 7 games.
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